My wife Laura's 16' trimaran with 84 sq.

ft. sail on a homemade unstayed mast.


Welcome to...



A Web Site For Do-It-Yourself 

Small, Homemade Trimarans


Presented by "Dr. Frank" Smoot, and

dedicated to DIY boatbuilders everywhere!


My 16' trimaran No Commotion with its

optional 124 sq. ft. rig from a Laser II.



Florida's "Sunshine Coast"

is small boat heaven!



What's On This Site:

1. Why I have come to believe that small trimarans are the only way to go. [click here]


2. A Brief History of the 15 or so homemade boats and rigs I have build over the past two years [click here]


3. Our first "trimarans"- made from kayaks (includes construction photos). click here


4. Building our first "real" trimaran: the tandem rig (includes construction photos).  click here


5. Building the first lightweight, single-seater trimaran, "No Commotion" click here


6. Building Laura's 65-lb "ultralight" trimaran - see 50 construction photos! click here


7. The Amazing "Planing Amas"- see 40 photos! click here


8. No Commotion Gets A Slick New "Sliding Aka" System! click here


The Amazing "Planing Amas" - Page 2



Shapely bows...

Now all the panels are assembled.



Close-up of transom.


Close-up of bow.



A shot of both bows...



All ready to glass!


Bottom & side glass is laid out....


...and now is epoxied.



Top & transom glass applied...


...and now epoxied!



A boring "porch paint" color...


...but cheap, tough, and quick.



I really like this shape...


...especially when fully painted.



Blocks are initially canted out at 10 degrees...


...but removable if change is needed.



Transom & rear mounting block...


Ready for sea trials...



10 degree cant proved excessive...


But 5 degrees was perfect!





Planing amas with new 102 sf sail...


...truly a quick and smooth boat now!


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